We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036
Phone Number: 515-432-4249
Website
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 134 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon

Did a fall weekday afternoon ride. The train is a bit slow and only goes about 7 miles out and then back to the station. The ride lasted about 2 hours. We had some fall colors... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
Tom B
,
Quad-Cities
Add Photo Write a Review

134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Boone, Iowa
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been on the train several times and it has always been excellent. Longish ride on a slow train very scenic and the volunteers know a lot about trains and the history of the area.

Helpful?
Thank jay3253
Glidden, Iowa
Level Contributor
21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Grandparents and parents this is for you. On Saturday, December 12th my son, granddaughter (4) grandson (2) went to Boone and rode the train for the Santa Express. In our coach car we had the best hostess, dressed as an elf, entertain us with story reading, asking where we were from and our Christmas wishes to name a few. We... More 

Helpful?
Thank Douglas52
Quad-Cities
Level Contributor
85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Did a fall weekday afternoon ride. The train is a bit slow and only goes about 7 miles out and then back to the station. The ride lasted about 2 hours. We had some fall colors to view, and there is a very high trestle you cross, but not much more in the way of scenery. I hear weekends can... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tom B
Bloomfield, Iowa
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We took the picnic train where you take your own food. Boarding the train was organized as they called names to board and escorted to your table. The 2 hour train ride is somewhat scenic! There were short blips of scenic views while going over the bridges. I was hoping for a little more color with the trees changing. We... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sharon G
Central City, Iowa
Level Contributor
89 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The mere fact that you get to ride on a train through Iowa is pretty cool. However, the 2 hour train ride is not all that scenic, lots of trees and weeds to see though! There were short blips of scenic views while going over the bridges, especially since the trees are changing. It's a fun thing to do once,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mikayla E
Grinnell, Iowa
Level Contributor
94 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

We recently took a three generation train ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley RailRoad and highly recommend it for all ages! The youngest ones (8 and 27 months), got a little antsy during the 30 minute boarding, but our tour guide helped keep them interested and they were fine once the train got rolling. They have a snack car... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mark G
Burlington, Iowa
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We enjoyed very much the "Dinner Train" experience! The food was great and we were fortunate enough to set with a young couple celebrating their wedding anniversary and chatted with them the entire time. Also with other people there as well. The views were terrific and quite an experience going over the tall bridge! We are planning another trip for... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank John L
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Was fun to go across the high bridge over the Des Moines river. Other than that, the ride was somewhat uneventful, with nothing to see at the end - just turn around and head back. It was extremely hot the day we rode, and with no a/c in the cars, it was uncomfortable. Probably would have been more enjoyable if... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Omaha2
Valley, Nebraska
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

My wife & I took our 2 1/2 year old son to this little train trip. We drove three hours from omaha. It's not the most exciting trip in the world but it is well worth it. If you go on Saturdays they pull with a steam engine and that is worth the price of admission alone. It isn't cheap,... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank codyjamesuno
Miles, Iowa
Level Contributor
40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We took the basic coach tour,wish we would've done the open air valley view. It was a little warm to be sitting in a coach. That is really the only thing I can say negative about this excursion. An hour and 45 minute trip through beautiful scenery and the trip over the bridge was breathtaking. Guides were very informative and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Scott M

Travelers who viewed Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad also viewed

 

Been to Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?